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Bisons look to pack away a win before hitting the road

Looking like a nice night for a fridaynightbash!. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

The Buffalo Bisons have lost three straight, nine of their last 11 and are 1-6 on an eight-game homestand that ends tonight. With a season-long, 10-game, four-city road trip starting tomorrow, a win for the Herd sure would help their traveling mood. 

The Bisons look to avoid a four-game sweep by the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees at 7:35 tonight during the usual fridaynightbash! at Coca-Cola Field. 

Bisons righty Dylan Owen (4-5, 4.44 ERA) pitches against righty Andrew Brackman (2-6, 7.22) of the Yankees, who have won six straight. The Herd has lost five straight to Scranton, including Thursday's 6-3 loss.

Here is tonight's Bisons lineup:

Fernando Perez cf
Luis Figueroa dh
Josh Satin 3b
Valentino Pascucci 1b
Nick Evans lf
Mike Baxter rf
Luis Hernandez 2b
Ruben Tejada ss
Dusty Ryan c
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Dylan Owen p

And for those who are fans of duhhhhhhh Yankees (John Sterling pronounciation), here is Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (my bad -- chest tap -- for not doing that last night):

Kevin Russo lf
Austin Krum cf
Jesus Montero c
Mike Lamb dh
Jorge Vazquez 1b
Brandon Laird 3b
Jordan Parraz rf
Luis Nunez 2b
Doug Bernier ss
--
Andrew Brackman p

Evans rejoined the Bisons today after clearing waivers following being sent down by the parent New York Mets. Infielder Michael Fisher has been sent down to Double-A Binghamton. Evans is likely to rejoin the Mets once he is eligible to be re-promoted to the majors; to do so he needs to have spent the required 10 days in the minors. Evans was designated for assignment on July 23 when David Wright was activated from the disabled list. 

After some scattered storms in town earlier in the day, downtown skies are clear and sunny at this writing (5:35 p.m.).

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Sidenote: In checking up on the New York Yankees organ-i-zation (hockey pronounciation) the last couple of days, I've checked out the ESPN.com's Yankee blog and been entertained big-time by Andrew Marchand and Wallace Matthews writing it like it is when it comes to Yankee manager Joe Girardi in front of a microphone.

Check out today's post regarding Ivan Nova starting during Saturday's doubleheader and Wednesday's regarding competition for the fifth starter spot between Nova and Phil Hughes. In the latter, Marchand wrote, "the manager performed his usual, 'Who's on First?' routine when he wouldn't reveal a mundane fact."

Great stuff. I've caught that vibe in Girardi's televised meetings with the media and even his pregame radio interviews. I don't envy having to listen to/decipher it every day.

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The game had a rather bizarre start, but a good finish for the Bisons in an 8-5 victory. Here's the game story.

The Bisons hit the road on a bus trip to Allentown, Pa., after the game, but there were plenty of folks remaining at the park -- overnight, in fact.

An outfield full of Girl Scouts. Pass the Thin Mints. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

It was Girl Scout Campout night and the troopers took over the outfield and were watching the movie "Tangled" on the tremendous HD scoreboard as I left the park a little before midnight.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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